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Gone
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reply to OverrRyde

Re: Peterborough residents clamp down on driving & cell phones

said by OverrRyde:

I do not drive while using my cell phone, that's what bluetooth is for

One phrase you say you don't use your phone, and then in the next phrase you say you do. Well played.


OverrRyde

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said by Gone:

said by OverrRyde:

I do not drive while using my cell phone, that's what bluetooth is for

One phrase you say you don't use your phone, and then in the next phrase you say you do. Well played.

How so? I don't touch my cell phone when i'm in my car that's equipped with a bluetooth capabable head unit.

Let me rephrase that for you: i do not physically touch my cell phone in order to make a call when in my vehicle. I press a button on my steering wheel and speak out a voice command to dial a phone # or name in contact for me.

Better?


Gone
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Nope, not better.

It doesn't matter if you are holding the phone in your hand or talking on it through a "bluetooth", you're still using your phone. Whether you are physically touching it or not is irrelevant.

That's why this whole idea that somehow not having the thing in your hand is a load of bullshit. The same thought and energy you put into the conversation happens regardless of where the sound is coming from. Banning them outright entirely would an ounce less of hypocrisy, but at that point they may as well ban holding a conversation with a passenger or drinking a coffee while driving, too.



Wolfie00
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said by OverrRyde:

Better?

Nope. Not better at all. Not unless you're telling us that when on your Bluetooth handsfree gadget, you hear that you have a major business crisis, or your kid has just been expelled from school, or you get into a huge potentially relationship-ending argument with your spouse, that you will continue to be Mr. Safety Sam 100% Safe Driver without any distraction whatsoever. Because after all, you have Bluetooth, you don't need to use one hand to hold a phone to your ear, so everything must be A-OK and there's no risk of being even the tiniest bit distracted, right?

Robrr

join:2008-04-19
Guelph, ON
reply to Gone

said by Gone:

Nope, not better.

It doesn't matter if you are holding the phone in your hand or talking on it through a "bluetooth", you're still using your phone. Whether you are physically touching it or not is irrelevant.

That's why this whole idea that somehow not having the thing in your hand is a load of bullshit. The same thought and energy you put into the conversation happens regardless of where the sound is coming from. Banning them outright entirely would an ounce less of hypocrisy, but at that point they may as well ban holding a conversation with a passenger or drinking a coffee while driving, too.

I fully agree with you on this however there is one problem I see. When your driving near someone with a phone in their hand, how do you differentiate talking vs. texting at a glance.

I know people who will generally hold their phone in their hand while driving and turn on the speakerphone. Some random person driving past them may just assume they are texting when in fact they are having a phone conversation.

Unless you can be certain at a glance the person is talking and not texting, you have to assume the worse case.


Gone
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Well, people typically don't hold their phone to their head when texting. Just sayin.



Wolfie00
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said by Gone:

Well, people typically don't hold their phone to their head when texting. Just sayin.

Just in case, the law is worded to cover the extremely myopic fish-aliens from the planet Gazoomba who have their eyes on the sides of their heads!

(Also, their unique anatomy has put their brains in their assholes, which is why it's suspected that they're the ones who passed some of these laws.)